Watford versus Stoke City: The last five meetings

Watford's Almen Abdi celebrates scoring their second goal

We take a look at the last five meetings between Watford and Stoke City, which has seen one side marginally the stronger all the way back into the Championship.

Watford 1-0 Stoke (14th January, 2006 – Championship)

Watford edged past Stoke City to move up into 4th place in the table.

Chris Eagles scored the game’s only goal early in the second half, when he capitalised on a mistake from Potters fullback Carl Hoefkens. Luke Chadwick came close to finding an equaliser for Johan Boskamp’s side, but he was denied by an outstanding save from Ben Foster.

Stoke 0-0 Watford (9th December, 2007 – Championship)

These two sides played out a drab stalemate, as Watford extended their lead at the top of the table.

Marlon King came close for the hosts but it was Stoke that looked more likely to find a winner. Ricardo Fuller squandered a one-on-one chance with Richard Lee to ensure the points were shared.

Watford 0-0 Stoke (15th March, 2008 – Championship)

Watford drew their sixth consecutive league game, as they failed to make up ground on league leaders Stoke.

The Hornet’s went down to 10-men in the 23rd minute when ex-Stoke midfielder John Eustace saw red for a tackle on Richard Cresswell. Despite being a man down, Watford had the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot but Darius Henderson’s effort was saved by Carlo Nash.

Stoke 0-2 Watford (24th October, 2015 – Premier League)

Troy Deeney scored his first Premier League goal, as Mark Hughes’ 100th game in charge of Stoke ended in defeat.

Deeney combined with Odion Ighalo to fire the visitors ahead, before Almen Abdi doubled Watford’s advantage in the 69th minute.

The win took Watford above Stoke and into 13th in the table.

Watford 1-2 Stoke (19th March 2016, Premier League)

Stoke scored against Watford for the first time in six league meetings to take all three points at Vicarage Road.

Jonathan Walters and Joselu grabbed the decisive goals for Mark Hughes’ side - who moved up into 6th place. Deeney’s late striker wasn’t enough for the Hornets, as they remained in 14th position.

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